International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Master Thesis


Syllabus for students spring 2018, spring 2017, spring 2016, spring 2015, spring 2014, spring 2013

Course Code:
IM622L revision 1.1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Date of establishment:
06 March 2007
Date of ratification:
21 December 2012
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
21 January 2013
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
30 August 2012

Advancement in relation to the degree requirements

The course can normally be included as a part of a general degree at advanced level.

Entry requirements

Bachelor's Degree in IMER or the equivalent + term 1,2 and 3 at IMER Master programme (SAIMA).

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

After finishing the course, the student:

  • can show a broad knowledge of issues within the field of IMER as well as knowledge of current issues
  • can show specialized knowledge in specific area within the field of IMER,
  • can independently formulate research questions and perform research,
  • can show knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives: environment, gender, migration and ethnicity.

Applying knowledge and understanding

After finishing the course, the student:

  • can show the specialised ability to analyse and evaluate information on a scientific basis, and, both orally and in writing, can communicate the results of his/her own work, and those of others, in dialogues with various groups;
  • can show the abilities necessary to participate in research and development activities or in other kinds of qualified work and
  • can choose, adapt and scientifically test research methods;
  • can apply knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives to issues pertaining to international Migration and Ethnic relations.

Making judgments and communication skills

After finishing the course, the student:

  • can show the specialised ability to adopt a multi-disciplinary stance and a scientific and critical perspective and
  • can show the specialised ability to identify, and adopt a standpoint towards, questions and problems concerning social phenomena related to ethnicity and migration as well as questions and issues regarding relations between minority and majority populations, or between minority groups.


Examination is in the form of a written thesis and a seminar wherein the student defends his/her thesis.

Students who do not pass the regular course examinations have the minimum of two re-sit opportunities. Re-sits take the same form as the original exams, apart from re-sits for group work, which take the form of individual written and oral assignments.

Course content

The course consists of the following module:

Project Work, 30 hp

The project work is a supervised project. Supervision is carried out on an individual basis and includes seminar meetings.

Learning activities

Supervision, seminar and the writing of a thesis. To further assist them in their studies, students have access to the university’s computer rooms and library.

A student who has not finished the project work during the course, or has not received a passing grade on the project work at the end of the course cannot be guaranteed continued supervision.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

The literature is chosen together with the supervisor.

Course evaluation

All students are offered an opportunity to give oral or written feedback at the end of the course.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

Margareta Popoola, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657354
Ingrid Alexandersson, Student Administrator


20 January 2020 - 07 June 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program

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